Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Inflectional Category


An inflectional category is a class of affixes that share a common grammatical feature.

  • Case
  • Number
  • Gender
  • Tense
  • Aspect

The term “inflectional category” needs to be distinguished from these closely related terms:

  • Words containing different affixes from the same inflectional category form an inflectional paradigm.
  • Stems with a particular pattern of inflection form an inflectional class.
Also Known As: 
Grammatical Category

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